Time to bury electricity cables
Sinn Féin Agricultural spokesperson, Oliver Mc Mullan MLA, has questioned whether it is time to incorporate power cables underground after recent bad weather wreaked havoc with the electricity supply.
Mr. McMullan said,
“I am called on the DETI Minister Arlene Foster to direct power companies to start putting all new power cables underground.
“Given the recent bad weather and subsequent snow storms which left thousands of homes in the countryside without power it is time to start planning for the future.
“The weather forced businesses to close and farmers were badly affected as there was no power for refrigeration for milking parlours.
“Schools closed as there was no heating and people who are dependent on electric powered medical aides such as stair lifts, hoists, oxygen pumps, etc, were left not knowing how long they would be without power.
“The argument will be that it is too expensive to bury cables but as all cables from wind turbines are already buried it would be cost effective and more environmentally friendly in the long term, especially in the countryside as there would be no more poles or pylons.
“This could be done on a phased programme therefore I would ask the Minister to carry out a study and bring the findings back to the Assembly so that the issue can be debated.”